Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A centimeter-gram-second unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
  • intransitive verb To carry or hold in equilibrium; balance.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be ready or about to do something.
  • intransitive verb To be balanced or held in suspension.
  • noun Confident composure; self-possession.
  • noun Bearing of the body, especially when graceful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To weigh; ascertain by weighing or balancing; figuratively, to weigh; ponder; consider.
  • To counterbalance; be of equal weight with.
  • To balance; make of equal weight; hold or place in equilibrium: as, to poise the scales of a balance.
  • To hold suspended or in suspense; delay.
  • To weigh or press down; force.
  • To be balanced or suspended; hence, figuratively, to hang in suspense.
  • noun Weight; ponderosity; gravity.
  • noun A weight; especially, the weight or mass of metal used in weighing with steelyards to balance the substance weighed.
  • noun A thing suspended or attached as a counterweight; hence, that which counterbalances; a counterpoise.
  • noun A state of balance; equipoise; equilibrium; hence, equanimity.
  • noun The condition of balancing or hovering; suspended motion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.
  • noun Weight; gravity; that which causes a body to descend; heaviness.
  • noun The weight, or mass of metal, used in weighing, to balance the substance weighed.
  • noun The state of being balanced by equal weight or power; equipoise; balance; equilibrium; rest.
  • noun That which causes a balance; a counterweight.
  • noun a dignified and self-confident manner; graceful composure and tact in handling difficult social situations.
  • transitive verb To balance; to make of equal weight.
  • transitive verb To hold or place in equilibrium or equiponderance.
  • transitive verb To counterpoise; to counterbalance.
  • transitive verb To ascertain, as by the balance; to weigh.
  • transitive verb obsolete To weigh (down); to oppress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete Weight; an amount of weight, the amount something weighs.
  • noun A state of balance, equilibrium or stability
  • noun composure; freedom from embarrassment or affectation
  • noun mien; bearing or deportment of the head or body
  • noun A condition of hovering, or being suspended
  • noun physics A cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter.
  • verb obsolete To hang in equilibrium; to be balanced or suspended; hence, to be in suspense or doubt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a cgs unit of dynamic viscosity equal to one dyne-second per square centimeter; the viscosity of a fluid in which a force of one dyne per square centimeter maintains a velocity of 1 centimeter per second
  • verb hold or carry in equilibrium
  • verb cause to be balanced or suspended
  • noun a state of being balanced in a stable equilibrium
  • noun great coolness and composure under strain
  • verb be motionless, in suspension
  • verb prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, after Jean Louis Marie Poiseuille, (1799–1869), French physician and physiologist.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English poisen, to balance, weigh, from Old French peser, pois-, from Vulgar Latin *pēsāre, from Latin pēnsāre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a combination of Anglo-Norman pois, Middle French pois ("weight") and Anglo-Norman poise, Middle French poise ("measure of weight").

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